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    Magnificent Antigonus Doson

    MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Antigonus III Doson (229-221 BC). AR tetradrachm (30mm, 16.95 gm, 12h).  Bearded head of Poseidon to right, wearing wreath of reeds / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΓΟΝΟΥ, Apollo, nude, seated left on galley prow, holding bow; below, monogram. SNG Ashmolean 3266. SNG Copenhagen 1204. Dewing 1206. Well struck from dies of outstanding style. NGC MS 5/5 - 3/5, Fine Style.

    From The California Collection. Ex Kim Werner Collection (Heritage 3020, Long Beach, 6 September 2012), lot 24919. Acquired from Thomas P. McKenna, 25 October 1988. 

    Antigonus Doson (the meaning of the sobriquet is unknown) was not in the direct line of Macedonian succession and was asked to take over as regent for the five-year-old Philip V after the death in battle of the boy's father, Demetrius II Aetolicus. Facing a chaotic situation caused by successive defeats and the misrule of his predecessor, Antigonus proved both a brave soldier and a crafty diplomat, restoring Macedonia's military and financial position as the supreme power in mainland Greece. His coinage is supremely beautiful and bears a nautical theme, depicting the majestic head of Poseidon on the obverse and Apollo astride a ship's prow on the reverse. 


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